december, 2017

06dec6:30 pm9:00 pmConversations on Race, Muslims and Power

Event Details

DATE: Wednesday 6th December 2017
TIME: 6.30PM – 9.00PM
VENUE: LMA Library
SPEAKERS: Shaykh Abdullah Bin Hamid Ali, Dr Yassir Morsi

Muslims, both locally and globally, have often struggled contextualising their challenges and their conditions. As a community, we have come to identify islamophobia and racism as recurring issues we face, but we have not yet found a way to navigate them and to properly address them.

As such, we invite our community to attend an essential conversation on Race, Muslims and Power, addressing the many ways we speak about and engage with these issues.

Shaykh Abdullah bin Hamid Ali 
Shk Abdullah is the founder of Lamppost Productions and the Lamppost Education Initiative, and he is the head of Zaytuna College’s Islamic law program. He teaches family law, inheritance law, business law, jurisprudential principles, and hadith science at Zaytuna College. He is a lifelong student of the Islamic tradition being born to Muslim parents having begun a serious study of Islam in his early teens.

He attended Temple University for 2 years (1995-1997) prior to pursuing studies that culminated in a 4-year collegiate license (ijaza ‘ulya) from the prestigious Al-Qarawiyin University of Fes, Morocco (1997-2001). He has also served as adjunct professor of Arabic at UC Berkeley (2013), and adjunct professor of Intro to Islam at the Graduate Theological Union (2014).

He holds a BA (ijaza ‘ulya) in Islamic Law (Shar’ia) from the prestigious Al-Qarawiyin University of Fez, Morocco, an MA in Ethics & Social Theory from the Graduate Theological Union. In 2016, he completed his dissertation work (The “Negro” in Afro-Arabian Muslim Consciousness”) and received his Ph.D in Cultural & Historical Studies of Religion at the Graduate Theological Union (Berkeley).

A native of Philadelphia, PA, Shaykh Abdullah relocated with his family by invitation from Zaytuna College’s Board of Trustees in 2007 to the Bay Area to instruct pilot seminarians in the Islamic rational sciences (theology, legal theory, hadith science) after spending 5 years as assistant full-time chaplain at the State Correctional Institution of Chester, PA (SCI Chester).

Shaykh Abdullah is a very active member of the Bay Area community who regularly delivers the Friday service address at a number of mosques, and conducts regularly scheduled online classes. He also serves as a member of the board of directors of the Northstar Islamic School.

Dr Yassir Morsi
Yassir Morsi is the author of Radical Skin, Moderate Mask, is the Vice President of ACRWSA, and a lecturer in politics, race and the place of Muslims in that west at La Trobe University. He completed his PhD at the University of Melbourne in political science and Islamic studies. He looked at contemporary liberal thought and its dealings with/production of the ‘Muslim question’.

Yassir is currently working on defining Islamophobia by looking at the political problem Muslims pose as ambivalent citizens of a liberal state, due to Islam’s ontological potential to create new political actors. Yassir’s academic influences come from critical theories – with a stress on psychoanalysis and postcolonial theory – and orthodox Islamic thought. He deals mostly with Muslim minority struggles within liberal majorities. He looks at how traditional Muslim articulations, imaginations, or representations of Islam struggle against democratic and progressive narratives.



(Wednesday) 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm


Lebanese Muslim Association

71-75 Wangee Road, Lakemba, New South Wales, Australia 2195


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